Series Preview: Baseball vs. MIT

Series Preview: Baseball vs. MIT

Baseball vs. MIT
Friday, April 14—3:30 p.m. at Babson Park
Saturday, April 15—12/3 p.m. at Cambridge, Mass.


Babson and MIT will meet for a three-game regular season series beginning on Friday in Babson Park. The Beavers are 44-35-1 all-time in a matchup that dates back to 1980, and defeated the Engineers 2-1 in last year's NEWMAC Tournament semifinal series.

After being held to just four hits over the first five innings, the Beavers exploded for nine runs in the sixth inning and held off MIT, 16-13, in the decisive game of a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal series on May 1, 2016. George Crowley '16 had a grand slam and drove in six runs, while senior Jack Halpin added a three-run homer and scored three times for the Green and White, which saw five players record multi-hit games. Junior Austin Filiere went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI for the Engineers.

Senior David Hesslink allowed just two hits over eight innings as the Engineers defeated Babson, 6-0, in game two of last year's NEWMAC Tournament semifinal series. Filiere doubled and homered for MIT, which scored four runs in the second inning.

MIT (12-6-1) enters the weekend coming off an 8-8 tie against seventh-ranked Tufts on Thursday. Junior Garrett Greenwood went 3-for-5 with three RBI and Filiere had three hits and reached base five times for the Engineers, who tied the game in the ninth before it was called due to darkness in the 10th. First-year Matt Johnston is batting .442 with 12 extra-base hits and 18 RBI, Greenwood is hitting .393 with 15 extra-base hits, 24 runs scored and 19 RBI, and Filiere enters the weekend with a .361 average to go along with 13 extra-base hits, 23 walks, 18 RBI and 26 runs scored. First-year Zachary Kopstein is 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 19.1 innings, while sophomore Patrick Callahan is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in five starts.

Babson (10-10) enters the weekend looking to snap a two-game skid after falling to UMass Boston, 12-7, on Thursday afternoon. Halpin went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and sophomore Eric Jaun finished with three RBI for the Beavers, who led 5-1 after five innings. Sophomore Brian McHale is batting .377 with five doubles and 11 RBI, just Ryan Arena is hitting .317 with four home runs and eight RBI, and Halpin enters the weekend at .310 with three doubles, two homers, and team highs of 15 RBI and 15 runs scored. Junior John Floegel is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 20.2 innings, while classmate Teddy Carey has gone 3-2 with a 2.41 ERA and a league-high 45 strikeouts in 37.1 innings pitched.

Senior Jake Weiss, who is currently batting .356, has gone 12-for-27 (.444) with four doubles, five RBI and eight runs scored in eight career games against MIT. Junior Adam Ayala also hit .350 in five games last year while stealing nine bases and driving in three runs.

Entering the second to last weekend of conference play, none of the league's eight teams have more than six wins and fewer than three losses. The top five squads will reach the NEWMAC Tournament following the completion of conference play on April 23.

Weiss and Arena have both hit safely in 10 consecutive games, while first-year Sean Harrington, who owns a .561 on-base percentage, has reached base in each of his first 11 appearances this season.

The Beavers are 8-1 this season when out-hitting their opponents.